Joe O'Connor

Freelance Writer

Joe O'Connor is with Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. Based in Waverly, Pa., he can be reached at 607.624.7159 or

Articles by Joe O'Connor

April 2007
Note changes to OSHA’s CPR/AED protocol: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) requirement for first-aid/CPR responders on-site has not changed; when performing electrical work, it is a recognized fact they are needed. Electrical shock in the workplace is a significant cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Immediate response by trained individuals can save a life. READ MORE
March 2007
A new workplace hazard rides in: Most all terrain vehicle (ATV) use in the United States is recreational; however, ATV use in the workplace is on the rise. Employers often use ATVs to allow employees to move through rough terrain and get access to remote locations more quickly. ATVs may also be seen on certain construction sites. READ MORE
February 2007
Understanding personal protective equipment: READ MORE
January 2007
To Protect and Serve: READ MORE
November 2006
Ensure your safety with a pre-trip inspection   Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for all ages. Crashes occurring on the job have profound financial effects on employees, their families, coworkers and employers. READ MORE
October 2006
Subpart V revisions and line construction The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 444 serious injuries and 74 fatalities occur annually among employees involved in electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. READ MORE
October 2006
Do you know what’s in your extinguisher?   FIRE CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME. Electricians must be prepared to respond. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires an appropriate fire extinguisher be available on the job site. In order to understand the classifications and proper use of fire extinguishers, you need to first understand something about fire and how it works. READ MORE
September 2006
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (OSHA) defines an accident as an unplanned event that results in personal injury or property damage. Accident investigations are a cornerstone in the foundation of effective safety and health programs. The information gathered during investigations assist management in meeting legal reporting requirements and filing insurance claims. READ MORE
September 2006
Choosing and using test equipment correctly is critical There are no proven tricks or shortcutsthat will estimate the voltage in a circuit. Qualified workers must use a tester to determine if the wires or equipment are energized. All too often, electricians are injured or killed while performing tests due to equipment failure or human error. READ MORE